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European Patent Attorney

Siena, Italy

European Patent Attorney

The Opportunity

You will join a growing international team of experienced patent attorneys operating in a highly enriched field of science. You join a company which is the global leader within vaccines research, development and production and with a heritage spanning over 100 years. You will be located at one of the Company’s key Research Centres in Siena, Italy and you will have an international role which encapsulates the entire spectrum of patent matters.

You will be interacting with the technical team identifying new inventions and evaluating competitor landscape and any FTO issues.  You will have visibility to all relevant internal stakeholders and your involvement in support of the many projects being initiated is pivotal to the ongoing achievement of the company’s objectives. This role does not just ask of you to manage a portfolio of substantive patent cases. You will be given the opportunity to work on other high value IP issues including oppositions, attending and leading oral proceedings, and supporting business development activities such as licensing and collaborations. GSK’s patent department operates a flat hierarchy which allows for a flexible and dynamic working group to be at the interface of science, law and business. To this end, the position can be dressed to suit the individual in terms of providing exciting career stretch in the first year and career growth thereafter. However, success in this international organization requires the willingness to learn, develop, be taken out of your comfort zone, and to have a curious attitude; to never accept the status quo but to challenge, question and deliver.


The Role

  • Reporting to the Team Leader, Global Patents Siena, Italy.
  • Working with patent attorneys within the team in Siena (employing three patent attorneys and one trainee) in the UK (employing five patent attorneys and a trainee), in Belgium (employing three patent attorneys) and the USA (employing five patent attorneys).
  • Developing relationships with the local internal stakeholders including R&D, Business Development, Project Management, Legal, Clinical, and Production & Manufacturing.
  • Developing an appropriate network inside GSK Vaccines – ‘walking the corridors’ and availing yourself to the needs of R&D.

Professional Qualities

  • You come to this position as a qualified European Patent Attorney with at least three years’ experience in the profession;
  • Ideally you will be educated in biology or a related degree. A PhD would also be beneficial.
  • Coming with in-house experience will be of benefit as you will quickly understand the daily challenges impacting the position. Conversely, the role would also suit someone who has worked for private practice. You join an experienced attorney team working across a flat hierarchy – you will not be operating as an island! Transitioning from private practice can be facilitated accordingly;
  • Familiarity with the full patent life cycle, from drafting through to post-grant matters as well as supporting due diligence, is desired. You may have developed a stronger foundation in some components of the patent process with support provided in other areas;
  • Experience in oppositions and oral proceedings would be beneficial but is not essential.


European Patent Attorney

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